Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park, CA
Third time's the charm! We had been to Yosemite twice now (you can check out our photos here, here, & here!), but we had yet to see the falls with actual water because of California's drought. Since it was a long weekend, we decided to give Yosemite another shot because we had just had a huge storm - it had even got Yosemite evacuated for a while. Plus, who can resist the winter wonderland and snow-covered mountains?
House on the Road to Mount Tamalpais
As many of you Bay Area natives may already know, San Francisco's classic fog is well known as Karl the Fog - he's even got his own Instagram handle. We had wanted to adventure up past SF to Marin County for a while, since we still haven't completely explored that area yet. So after a (somewhat) quick breakfast (with Acme bread and coffee with a delicious raspberry chocolate tint) at the farmer's market back home, we headed up north to track down Karl.
The house above was one of our favorite treasures as we drove up the windy roads to the mountain. We saw it on the way up as Lynn admired all the beautiful houses, each built to complement the majestic trees and moody weather. We actually caught this photo on the drive down (after making a U-turn and missing it the second time) because we just couldn't resist capturing the juxtaposition of trees.
#OptOutside was the battle cry of many adventurers this Black Friday, as the California State Park system made most parks free if you pre-registered. Never one to pass up a good deal, Lynn and I picked a few places, registered, and decided to go to Big Basin State Park!
On our way back form the Lantern Fest in Reno, we made a quick stop in Lake Tahoe to visit Bonsai Rock. We parked on the side of the freeway and made our way down to the beach. The sun was just starting to rise and the waves were gently washing up against the rocks. We jumped from boulder to boulder, staying just out of the reach of the water below. Our own little playground by the water's edge.
We played there for a while before deciding to leave. But that would not be the end of our adventures in Tahoe. As we drove back to Davis to meet with friends, we saw directions to a place called Vikingsholm, which we went to because, ya know, it was named freaking Vikingsholm. We enjoyed views of a castle in the middle of the lake from high up on the mountain top.
Tahoe has always been a trip I took with my family in the summer, but after seeing the sights that weekend, next on our list is to dive in to an adventure in the snow!
Reservoir at Bear Gulch Trail, Pinnacles National Park, Paicines, CA
September 26th, National Public Lands Day, one of 9 days every year that all national parks are free for everyone. Being the extreme savings kind of people that we are, Lynn and I debated between Pinnacles and Yosemite for which park to spend our day at. Not wanting to drive forever, wait in long lines, and not get to see the whole park, we decided to go to Pinnacles. With Pulse going there next month for their fall retreat (that we unfortunately cannot attend) we decided to scope out the landscape ahead of time! Here is our scouting report for Pinnacles National Park!
I have to admit, I am starting this post based on a lie. One does not simply experience all of the Mission District in one day. Bad LOTR jokes aside, I’m being serious. The Mission District is huge and there are so many fantastic places to explore! We decided to do a highlight list of our favorite places in the Mission!
Floral Grubb Gardens, San Francisco, CA
An area that Lynn has been wanting to go to for a very long time has been Building Resources. I was always hesitant to go here, only because it was so far removed from everything else. Off, lonely in Hunter’s point. When I learned that there was a Ritual Coffee nestled in the back of a garden, I was in. So here we are to bring you a day in Hunter’s Point.
Panther Beach, Davenport, CA
There are not a lot of things about San Jose that I really like to brag about but one thing that has proven its worth time and time again is the location. Being in the South Bay Area allows us to quickly access Oakland, San Francisco, Half Moon Bay, and of course Santa Cruz.
When you think of Santa Cruz the first thing that probably comes to mind is the Beach and Boardwalk. Well that is where our day began as well - using tickets to attractions that my mother had given us. With two free attractions each, we hit the boardwalk early Friday afternoon. We chose to play laser tag and take a run through the laser maze. After we played a few games of skeeball to finish off our credits, we decided it was time for lunch. We heard once again from my mom that Macy’s was having a huge sale so off to the mall it was. After scouring the sale section we emerged victorious with two pairs of shorts for me for $10 and a pair shoes + a jacket for her for $10 as well. Sufficiently happy with shopping for the day we moved on to downtown where we planted ourselves in Verve Coffee. Lynn had work to do and I wanted to write a few more of these posts so we sat for a few hours before it was time for our photo shoot at the beach.
We had a little more time to kill before our picnic at the beach during Golden Hour so decided to head over to Swanton Berry Farms for some of their famous strawberry apple cider. A cup of hot cider is only $1 but beware, it is extremely tart, even for my taste. We filled it with some sugar and sat down to explore the small shop. The farm shop looks like it is from the 50’s with all of it’s old school games and magazines. The two that really caught our eye were "Shoot the Moon" and "Skittles."
Bean Hollow State Beach, Pescadero, CA
While Lynn and I love hiking in the mountains and by rivers, I have always been called to the sea. My favorite part about living in California is how close we are to the beach at all times. For today’s post I have decided to go with Pescadero and Bean Hollow State Beach!
Bean Hollow State Beach is a two faced beast. To the south you will find tide pools, seals resting, and an amazing reef for the waves to crash upon. The views are spectacular and you can easily spend an afternoon enjoying just this end of the beach. We took turns taking pictures and Lynn got some amazing shots. I was mystified by the waves breaking before me, dusting me with mist.
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